The non-linear dynamics and stability of simply supported, circular cylindrical shells containing inviscid, incompressible fluid flow is analyzed. Geometric non-linearities of the shell are considered by using the Donnell's non-linear shallow shell theory. A viscous damping mechanism is considered in order to take into account structural and fluid dissipation. Linear potential flow theory is applied to describe the fluid-structure interaction. The system is discretized by Galerkin's method and is investigated by using two models: (i) a simpler model obtained by using a base of seven modes for the shell deflection, and (ii) a relatively high-dimensional dynamic model with IS modes. Both models allow travelling-wave response of the shell and shell axisymmetric contraction. Boundary conditions on radial displacement and the continuity of circumferential displacement are exactly satisfied. Stability, bifurcation and periodic responses are analyzed by means of the computer code AUTO for the continuation of the solution of ordinary differential equations. Non-stationary motions are analyzed with direct integration techniques. An accurate analysis of the shell response is performed by means of phase space representation, Fourier spectra, Poincare sections and their bifurcation diagrams. A complex dynamical behaviour has been found. The shell bifurcates statically (divergence) in absence of external dynamic loads by using the flow velocity as bifurcation parameter. Under harmonic load a shell conveying flow can give rise to periodic, quasi-periodic and chaotic responses, depending on flow velocity, amplitude and frequency of harmonic excitation. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Non-linear dynamics and stability of circular cylindrical shells conveying flowing fluid / M., Amabili; Pellicano, Francesco; Mp, Paidoussis. - In: COMPUTERS & STRUCTURES. - ISSN 0045-7949. - STAMPA. - 80:(2002), pp. 899-906.